Anraku - 5671

Anraku, Ōsaka school

Yoshitsune
first half 19th century
ivory  
4,0x2,5x2,5 cm
signature
安樂 (Anraku)
2005 bequest Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Inv. 5671



The composition represents Minamoto no Yoshitsune, one of the most famous and loved heroes of Japanese history. Placed on a base, he is dressed in an armor with chest and trousers decorated with stylized bamboo leaves  (sasa, 笹) while holding his sword (katana, 刀) placed on the left hip, ready to be unsheathed. With the right hand he is trying to release himself from a cloth used to cover himself. The signature Anraku (安樂) , written in kaisho characters, is engraved on the base. The himotoshi are on the back of the netsuke.

Shukosai Anraku, who worked in Ōsaka in the first half of the 19th century, was famous for his ability at dyeing ivory, with which he was able to create different levels of shadings. The Lanfranchi collection owns another wooden netsuke made by him.
 

G.R.

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